Lawrie Fires Perfect Game In Huskies' Home Debut
March 11, 2010
SEATTLE - Pitching under the lights in Husky Softball Stadium for the first time, Danielle Lawrie put on a perfect show for the home crowd.
The reigning National Player of the Year fired her second perfect game of the season, leading the No. 1 Huskies to a 3-0 win over Miami of Ohio in their home opener in the Husky Softball Classic, a game which also marked the first night game in Husky Softball home history.
Lawrie has been big in openings this year, also throwing a perfect game in the season opener against Auburn. She now has three perfect games in her career and six no-hitters, both of which are Husky records.
The senior fanned 14 to pass the 1,500 mark in her career and improved to 13-0 on the season. She struck out the side in the second and the sixth and fanned at least two in five of the seven innings. She threw just 62 pitches to make quick work of the Redhawks in a game that lasted just one hour and 36 minutes, just in time for the rain to start falling.
The Huskies (18-1) were slow to heat up offensively on a chilly night as they collected just six hits of their own, but they got more than enough support for Lawrie. Morgan Stuart and Shawna Wright both went 2-for-3 while Jenn Salling blasted her fourth home run of the season to put the game away late.
UW got on the board in the first inning when Kimi Pohlman laced a one-out triple to right center and would later trot home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
But Miami pitcher Jessica Simpson was tough on the Husky hitters, holding them scoreless over the next four innings, allowing just a single to Wright and a double to Stuart in the stretch.
But Salling and the freshman Wright would help UW get some insurance in the bottom of the sixth. The junior Salling made it 2-0 with a one-out home run that just carried over the new purple outfield wall for her fourth of the year. Lawrie would follow with a walk and was replaced on the bases by Maggie Wagner, who then advanced to third on a single by Stuart. Wright then singled through the left side to give her 17 RBI on the year, third on the team.
Lawrie's game wouldn't have been so perfect without a little help from her defense. Pohlman made the highlight play of the night in the fourth inning, diving to her left to make an outstanding catch on a ball seemingly destined for extra bases.
The Husky Softball Classic continues on Friday when Miami plays Portland State at 3:30 p.m. followed by a rematch between the Huskies and Redhawks at 6 p.m.